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At Aguas Calientes, Rev. Robert Whitaker is aided by both funds 88, which is 26 more than laboring amid manifold difficulties to establish was reported last year. These churches are a mission, but he writes hopefully of the pros: located in 20 States and Territories, British pect. The field is a very hard one; the few
Columbia and Mexico. evangelical people in the place are Pedobaptists,
dopaprists, ! Those having gifts are as follows: In Britand there is reason to believe that their secret
ish Columbia, 2; California, 3; Colorado, 2 ; opposition to Baptist work is as strong as the
| Dakota, 5; Iowa, 4; Illinois, 2 ; Indiana, 1 ; more open and avowed hostility of the Romanists. A new station in the suburbs of the city is i Indian Territory, 5; Kansas, 7 ; Minnesota, about to be opened, and the outlook is favorable 10; Mexico, 2; Montana, I; Nebraska, 7; there for a good work.
New York, 1 ; Oregon, 5 ; South Carolina, 1; Rev. W. T. Green went to the City of San Texas, 2 ; Virginia, 1; Wisconsin, 3; West Luis Potosi in October last, and the reports from Virginia, 2. Total, 66. him are very cheering. He has secured a favor- ! Those having loans : In British Columbia, able location for his work, and has a small at 12: California, 3: Colorado, 1: Dakota. 1: tentive congregation to listen to the Gospel.
Florida, 1; Iowa, 1; Illinois, 3; Indiana, These three cities, Mexico, Aguas Calientes,
I; Kansas, 8; Minnesota, 4; Montana, 1; and San Luis Potosi are the present centres of our operations, and while we must report small
Missouri, 2; Nebraska, 4; New York, 2; congregations and only one school, we believe
Oregon, 2 ; Texas, 2; Virginia, 3; West Virthat gospel truth is reaching a larger number ginia, 1. Total, 42.. of people than ever before, and that multitudes American churches, 58; Scandinavian, 10 ; are preparing to abandon their idols to serve German, 3; Indian, 4; Mexican, 2 ; Colored, the living God. Our great need is a native min
9; Chinese, 2. Total, 88. istry, men of zeal and character. With such,
The following table shows the number of we see no reason why a great harvest of souls
churches actually assisted during the last seven should not be gathered; without them, the
years : work must of necessity move slowly. DISTRIBUTION OF RELIGIOUS LITERATURE.
It appears that the missionaries of the So-
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1886–7. III.-CHURCH EDIFICE DEPART 1887-8
88 46 MENT. REV. 0. C. POPE, D.D., GENERAL SUPER- 1
* The Gift Fund was established in 1831. INTENDENT.
The aggregate amount of gifts has been GRANTS TO CHURCHES.
$32,737.37; of loans, $20,510. The average The number of churches aided in obtaining of the gifts, including designated amounts, houses of worship by appropriations from the has been $479, but from the general undesigGift Fund, general and designated, is 66; and nated Benevolent Fund they have averaged the number aided by loans is 42, making the $266. The loans have averaged $488. The total number of grants by gist and loan 108; $53,249.37 thus employed has secured to the but 20 of this number received both gifts denomination property valued at about and loans, making the number of churches ' $200,000.00.
BY GIFT. *
The number of churches that have paid off. On the 27th of November, the house of their loans during the year is 33. The whole worship for the First Baptist Church, in the number of outstanding loans is 232. The city of Mexico, was formally dedicated to whole number of churches aided by gifts and God with interesting and impressive religious loans has been 931.
services. There were present, to participate
in these services, not only the pastor, Rev. RECEIPTS.
W. H. Sloan, Rev. A. J. Steelman, resident The receipts for the Loan Fund have been missionary, and the Baptist church in the city, $4,694.57, interest on loans; $800 from the but also Rev. T. M. Westrup, the Society's church of Topeka, Kansas; $37.50 contribu- general missionary in northern Mexico; Rev. tions; $250.00 Legacy and $13.54 rents. W. D. Powell and Rev. H. P. McCormick,
This Fund amounts to $120,555.10, and missionaries in Mexico of the Southern Board; there is cash enough in the treasury to meet representatives of the missions of the Quakall probable demands that may be made upon ers, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Episco
pal South, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and the The receipts for the Benevolent Fund have American Bible Society, and a large number been $45,304.81 ; from contributions, $38,- of the citizens of the city. It is the first 791.50; from legacies, $1,392.29; from inter- Protestant house of worship erected as such est on investments, 3,571.02 ; and gifts repaid in that great city of over 300,000 inhabi $550 ; from General Fund, $1,000. Of the tants; and, with the chapel for Sunday school contributions there have been no large and mission day school, and the mission amounts designated, except for the Chinese home, furnishes all that will be needed for Mission headquarters in San Francisco, Cal., our mission work in that city for years to and so the contributions to the general Benev come. The entire cost of the grounds and olent Fund have been about three times as buildings is $25,385.04. large as last year.
The great need for a suitable building The treasurer's report shows a balance of for our mission work among the Chinese in $27,688.66 cash on hand, but of this amount the city of San Francisco has been felt for $6,703.86 is designated by the donors for years. Last summer an appeal was made for houses not yet completed; $6,493.31 has $15,000, with which to purchase or build a already been appropriated to churches whose suitable house. J. D. Rockefeller, Esq., with houses are not yet completed and proper his accustomed liberality, proposed to give papers furnished; and $8,500 mostly belong- $4,000, provided the whole amount could be ing to the $10,000 fund for the erection of secured by the ist of September, which was twenty-five chapels in the West during the accomplished through the co-operation of present spring and summer, so that practically the Corresponding Secretary. Under the there are no unappropriated funds. At least superintendence of Rev. J. B. Hartwell, D.D., one hundred new churches in the West a lot well located, and with buildings that can should be aided in the erection of chapels be utilized, has been purchased for $10,400,, during the present year in addition to those and plans adopted for improvements, which, provided for as above, and numerous and when finished, will give what is so much large offerings are greatly needed for this needed for the successful prosecution of our purpose.
work among the thousands of Chinese on the NOTABLE EVENTS.
Pacific coast. The two most notable events in this depart
THE $12,000 FUND. ment during the year have been the dedication of the mission headquarters in the city In the early summer, J. D. Rockefeller, of Mexico, and the purchase of a site for Chi Esq., proposed to give $6,000 to this departnese mission headquarters in the city of San ment, on condition that $12,000 should be Francisco, California.
secured by the ist of September for the erec. tion of thirty mission chapels, when Messrs. ceived aid from this Fund in the past, thus W. A. Cauldwell, H. K. Porter, E. Nelson showing their appreciation of this department Blake, and E. Morgan subscribed amounts of the Society's work, and their gratitude for from $1,000 to $2,000, and others gave past help. Contributions have been received smaller sums, so that the whole amount was also from 112 Sunday-schools and 19 mission secured and paid in, and thus thirty churches bands, societies and other Baptist organizahave been aided in erecting houses of wor tions, not churches. The fact still remains ship free of debt. There is a permanency of that the larger proportion of the funds comes results in this form of benevolence, which from personal contributions of liberal indimust commend itself to those who have the viduals in response to special appeals. Ten Lord's money to invest.
persons gave over one-third of the whole re
ceipts for the current year; a lady, not a THE $10,000 FUND.
Baptist, contributing $1,350 for three chapels An appeal was sent out in the fall of the west of the Mississippi River. Special appeals year for one hundred individuals and and spasmodic efforts may do to bridge over churches to contribute $100 each, that $10,- such an emergency as has existed for the past ooo might be secured by the ist of April, as two years, but if we are to do a tithe of what a certainty for chapel building in the early the necessities demand there must be some spring and summer. Responses came in, source of stated, regular income. Other desome exceeding $100 and some not so much; | nominations, less in numbers and no greater but the $10,000 was subscribed long before in wealth, are providing chapels for our memthe ist of April, and much of it has been paid bers in the West, because their churches in, thus giving a small working capital with make regular contributions for this departwhich to begin the great work of the new ment of their work. Every means possible year.
should be used to induce our churches and SOURCES OF INCOME.
pastors to aid in giving the Society a regular, With the exception of a small income systematic basis of income. from Permanent Invested Funds, the Society
CO-OPERATION. is entirely dependent upon contributions Arrangements have been made with the specially designated for this Department, to State Conventions of Minnesota, Iowa, Kancarry on this work. The annual report last sas, and Nebraska for co-operation in church year showed only two or three churches as
edifice work as in mission work. These State contributors to Church Edifice work although
Conventions furnish, according to their needs the Society passed a resolution requesting and ability, a certain proportion of the money the churches to make a special contribution, appropriated to churches in their bounds. and where this was not practicable to desig. This has the twofold advantage of encourag. nate a part of the regular collection for this ing these newer States to do all they can to Department. During the previous year the help themselves and of making them more Superintendent was so occupied in raising the careful to recommend for aid only worthy money required for the buildings in the City
| and hopeful fields. It would be well if a Mexico and in superintending, for over similar arrangement could be made with all three months, the erection of the same that the States and Territories needing aid from he failed to press this subject upon the atten
this department. tion of the churches. This year, however, he has been able to do more in directing atten
IV.-EDUCATIONAL. tion to the necessity of Church contributions. The names of institutions, their locations, for this work, and reports 135 contributing when founded and when incorporated, tochurches, and over half of this number took gether with the names of presidents and the separate collections for this purpose. Of length of service in connection therewith, are this number 81 were churches that had re- as follows:
1. INCORPORATED INSTITUTIONS.
ple, is seventeen. This includes a small ap1. Richmond Theological Seminary, Richmond, propriation to the school at Little Rock, Va., founded 1867, incorporated 1876; Chas. H. Ark., also to the new school at Memphis, Corey, D.D., 20 years.
Tenn. In these the number of teachers has 2. Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C., founded 1865, incorporated 1875 ; H. M. Tupper, D.D., 21
been 115 of whom 57 were men and 58 years.
women. Among them were 24 colored 3. Atlanta Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., founded origin. teachers. The enrollment shows an attendally at Augusta, 1867, transferred to Atlanta, 1879,
ance of 2,995; 1,293 young men ; 1,702 incorporated 1879; S. Graves, D.D., 3 years.
young women. The number under sixteen 4. Roger Williams University, Nashville, Tenn., founded 1864, incorporated 1883; Rev. A. Owen,
years of age was 469. Students for the minD.D., I year. *
istry, 318 ; preparing for teachers, 980; 5. Leland University, New Orleans, La., founded medical students, 36. 1870, incorporated 1870; Rev. E. C. Mitchell, D.D., The schools for colored people at Little I year. Now self-supporting.
Rock, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn., have re6. Bishop College, Marshall, Tex., founded 1881, incorporated 1885; Rev. S. W. Culver, 7 years.
ceived some assistance from the Society. The 7. Selma University, Selma, Ala., founded 1878, ! Woman's American Baptist Home Mission incorporated 1878; Rev. C. L. Purce, 2 years. Society (Boston), is responsible for the salaries
8. State University, Louisville, Ky., founded of nearly all the teachers in Spelman Semin. 1873, incorporated 1873; W. J. Simmons, D.D., 7.
ary, as well as one or more in several other years.
0. Hartshorn Memorial College. Richmond, Va.. institutions. The same Society assists in the (for females only), founded 1884, incorporated 1884; support of a school at Beaufort, S. C. Rev. L. B. Tefft, 4 years.
The amount paid for teachers' salaries has 10. Florida Institute, Live Oak, Fla., incorporated i been $61,460.42. The year shows a slight 1873, school opened, 1880 ; Rev. J. L. A. Fish, 8
increase in receipts from tuition fees, etc. years.
11. Indian University, Muskogee, I. T., founded No benenciary aid is rendered by the Sociat Tahlequah, 1880, transferred to Muskogee, 1885, ety except as contributions are designated for incorporated 1881; Prof. A. C. Bacone, 8 years. this purpose. Individuals and Sunday schools 12. Spelman Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., (for females
have contributed for the support of quite a only), founded in 1881; principals, Miss S. B. Pack.
large number of students. The colored Bap. ard, Miss H. E. Giles, 7 years.
tists of Virginia especially, and to a small 11. UNINCORPORATED INSTITUTIONS. extent in other States have assisted ministerial 1. Wayland Seminary, Washington, D. C., founded students. 1865; G: M. P. King, D.D., 19 years.
2. Benedict Institute, Columbia, S. C., founded 1870; Rev. C. E. Becker, 6 years.
The year has been fruitful in spiritual 3. Jackson College, Jackson, Miss., founded at blessings. The daily study and exposition of Natchez, 1877, transferred to Jackson, 1883; Rev.
the Scriptures, the well-maintained prayerChas. Ayer, 11 years. 4. Creek Freedmen School, Tullehasse, I. T.,
meetings, have strengthened Christian charfounded 1883; Prof. E. H. Rishel, Sup't., 1 year.
acter and have been instrumental in bring5. International School, Monterey, Mex., founded ing many to a saving knowledge of Christ. 1883; under the supervision of Rev. Thos. M. West Indeed, in every school there is a profound rup; Antonio Garcia, principal.
feeling of disappointment amounting almost 6. Seminole Academy, Sa-sak-wa, I. T., 1887; Rev. W. P. Blake, Sup't.
to a consciousness of failure in the work of
the year, unless lively religious interest has • D. W. Phillips, D.D., Theological Professor (late Presi- ! been manifest in the quickening of Christians dent), 23 years.
and the conversion of the impenitent. In all these institutions 137 teachers have
The question of introducing the study of been engaged a:d 3,741 pupils enrolled.
the Bible into the curriculum of our denomiSCHOOLS FOR THE COLORED PEOPLE. | national colleges throughout the country is
The number of schools supported wholly just now receiving special consideration. In or in part by the Society for the colored peo. the face of any adverse criticism or any time
serving questions of policy, Baptists should be
MEDICAL EDUCATION. brave enough to do this without hesitation.
The Leonard Medical School of Shaw While these institutions are fostered by the
University; Raleigh, N. C., reports an attendSociety, by means of consecrated offerings, ance of thirty-six students, five of whom were the sacred Scriptures will continue to have a
graduated March 29th. The most eminent recognized place in the course of study.
physicians of Raleigh are on the Faculty of The school reports show conversions as
instruction, which includes also one colored follows: Hartshorn Memorial College, 3;
physician, a graduate of the school. The Shaw University, 27; Benedict Institute, 30 ;
work done is thorough. Florida Institute, 15; Atlanta Baptist Sem
The “ Training School for Nurses” at Spelinary, 6; Spelman Seminary, 101 ; Selma
man Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., is rendering an University, 26; State University (Ky.), 41 ;
excellent service, eliciting warm commendaRoger Williams University, 3; Jackson Col
tions from those cognizant of its work. lege, 14; Bishop College, 5; Tullehassee School, 14; total, 319.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION. Last year about 40 students were reported | Chiefly by grants from the Slater Fund, as desirous of going as missionaries to Africa industrial education has been systematically when through with their studies. The inter- imparted at Hartshorn Memorial College, est in the evangelization of Africa has in- Shaw University, Benedict Institute, Spelman creased during the year just closed. In Seminary, Kentucky State University, Roger several institutions “ Congo Mission Circles " Williams University, Jackson College, Leland have been formed. Unquestionably the one University. In other institutions not favored million colored Baptists of this country are by such assistance, attention is given to the to become increasingly important factors in subject as means and circumstances permit. the evangelization of the “ Dark Continent,” | Several monthly papers in the interests of and these Christian schools from which have the schools are made up and printed by the already gone thither a number of missionaries, | students. The value of industrial education are to furnish the qualified laborers in the to a people who have almost no opportunity days to come.
to learn a trade is very great, while the inci
dental and indirect results upon the students MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
themselves, in quickening their perceptions, The number of ministerial students re- cultivating the faculty of observation, develported is 318. This does not include those oping their inventive talent, etc., are most in attandance at "the pastors' course” of beneficial. two or three months at Little Rock and
NEW PROPERTY. Memphis, from which schools no full reports
Wayland Seminary enjoys more spacious have been received. The Richmond Theo
grounds and accommodations than hitherto. logical Seminary, as yet, is the only distinc A lot on the south of the old site was purtively Theological Seminary with a full course chased in 1887, on which is a residence, now of study and corps of instructors. The faculty occupied by the president. The chapel was has been strengthened the past year by the ap also enlarged and reopened in December with pointment of Prof. Geo. R. Hovey, son of the appropriate exercises. It is named “Coburn honored president of Newton Theological In- |
Hall” in memory of ex-Governor Coburn, stitution.
of Maine, through whose gift of $50,000 to At Shaw University Rev. Dr. Skinner has the Seminary these improvements were made, special charge of the theological classes, and i and $28,000 set apart as a permanent fund Rev. Dr. Phillips at Roger Williams Univer- | for the institution. Mrs. J. E. Gault, of sity. In other institutions the presidents gen Baltimore, has given to the Seminary the erally devote particular attention to theolog- library of her deceased husband. ical instruction.
At Benedict Institute, Columbia, S. C.,